Organizations had mixed reactions on December 7 when the Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules.
“We would have liked to see higher retroactive numbers for 2020 and 2021. And we would like to have the 2023 volume announcement due in late November,” said Kevin Scott, a soybean farmer from Valley Springs, Dakota. South, and president of the American Soybean Association. “We are however encouraged by the 2022 (renewable energy volume obligations for refiners) and hope that 2023 remains on this upward trajectory.”
Trade negotiations, agricultural law on the horizon
Looking to the future, the agricultural “crystal ball” reveals several concerns. While considering what lies ahead, Westhoff of the University of Missouri has questions about the next farm bill. One of the most important is who will lead Congress when it is time to write the new bill, and what will be the overall balance of power?
“There is a long-term question about future federal biofuels policy,” Westhoff said. “The provisions of the renewable fuels standard are spelled out very carefully until 2022. From 2023 things are much more open to changes by the Environmental Protection Agency or new legislation. “
The Nebraska Farm Bureau has limited the future success of farming to specific agenda items, the most important of which is trade. American agriculture knows how important trade is to its success, Dux said, but also said America has been “resting on its laurels” for too long.